With concerns about plastic waste hitting the headlines, West Sussex residents were asked to join in National Refill Day today (Thursday 27 September), by buying a reusable water bottle and refilling with tap water when on the go.
The day provided a national focus for Refill, a campaign committed to stopping pollution caused by single use plastic bottles by encouraging businesses to offer free tap water refills and the public to fill up, rather than buying single use drinks bottles.
West Sussex County Council is working with local community groups and other councils to develop a network of local businesses and venues that are opening their doors for the public to refill their own bottles with tap water.
“It’s so important that we all do our bit against this pollution to our countryside, beaches and oceans and I am really proud that we are supporting Refill to help to make that happen,” said Deborah Urquhart, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Sussex County Council.
“Refill makes it so easy for local residents and businesses alike to do something small and simple that will really make a big difference.”
To celebrate National Refill Day, West Sussex County Council and the Friends of Buchan Country Park have joined forces to install a drinking fountain in the popular green space near Crawley and Horsham.
Deborah added: “We’re really grateful for the support of the Friends of Buchan Country Park. This fountain means that visitors to the park can fill up and hydrate without the need to buy drinks in single use bottles.”
West Sussex residents are already joining the campaign in droves, with local communities setting up schemes in many of our West Sussex towns, including #RefillHorsham and #RefillWorthing, with many more to follow.
There are already 12,000 refill stations registered nationally and if each of these were used just once a day, together it would stop more than four million plastic bottles being produced in just one year.
To get involved in Refill, all you need to do is download the free app and Refill. To find out more about the campaign or a scheme near you visit www.refill.org.uk